Craft Beer, Crowdfunding, and the Rise of the Bespoke MMO

The MMO market has recently dipped into something of a lull, and for the first time in years, there isn’t a super-duper-mega-blockbuster MMO looming on the development horizon. That’s not to say the genre is stagnating – the truth is quite the opposite, with more unique and exciting MMOs in the pipeline than ever. The difference is, that, in the wake of high-profile underwhelming launches like The Old Republic and The Elder Scrolls Online, the huge budget, iconic franchise games are nowhere to be seen among their numbers. While my colleagues around the web would like to attribute this to a sensible impetus, like market risk assessment, I’d like to talk about something more fun – craft beer.

Crowfall: Eppur si muove

Early this morning the Kickstarter for Crowfall, ArtCraft Entertainment’s upcoming MMORPG, reached its close, seeing nearly 17,000 backers push it to achieve over double the requested funding, arriving solidly in place as the 15th most funded video game in Kickstarter history after earning total pledges just shy of $1.8 million.